Fox News Grills WH Press Secretary on ‘Weaponizing’ DOJ

By Stephanie Samsel | August 12, 2022 | 12:19pm EDT
White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre. (Getty Images)
White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre. (Getty Images)

(CNS News) — White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre refused to comment on Republicans’ accusations of the White House “weaponizing” the Justice Department and FBI, when pressed by Fox News White House Correspondent Peter Doocy on Aug. 9.

“Is this White House weaponizing the Justice Department and the FBI against a political — against political opponents?” Doocy asked.

Jean-Pierre did not answer “yes” or “no,” but said that the president “believes in the rule of law,” when asked the same question again.

“Peter, the president believes in the rule of law.  The president believes in the independence of the Department of Justice,” Jean-Pierre replied.

She clashed with Doocy on whether she answered his question.

“I’m answering the question,” she insisted. “You may not like it, but I’m answering the question.”

“I’m just trying to figure out what’s happening,” Doocy said.

The press secretary declined to comment on whether former President Donald Trump is considered to be a “political rival” of President Joe Biden, but said that Biden “intends to run in 2024.”

Transcript: 

DOOCY: Is this White House weaponizing the Justice Department and the FBI against a political — against political opponents?

JEAN-PIERRE:  The president has been very clear from before he was elected, very clear on this.  Hold on.

DOOCY: It’s just — 

JEAN-PIERRE: Throughout his time in office —

DOOCY: He is president now.  I heard the quote.  We will be playing the quote tonight at 6 o’clock.  Is this administration weaponizing the Justice Department and the FBI against political opponents?

JEAN-PIERRE:  Peter, the president believes in the rule of law.  The president believes in the independence of the Department of Justice.

DOOCY: That’s — that’s a yes or no.

JEAN-PIERRE:  No, that is —

DOOCY: Just, is the White House —

JEAN-PIERRE:  No, it’s a yes-no for you.  I’m answering the question.  You may not like it, but I’m answering the question.

DOOCY: I’m just —

JEAN-PIERRE:  And I’m s- — no.  No.  I’m answering the question, and —

DOOCY: I’m just trying to figure out what’s happening —

JEAN-PIERRE:  — I’m telling you that we are not going to comment on a criminal investigation.  The president has been very clear.  I laid out what his thoughts were back on January 7 in 20- — in 2021, about how he saw the Department of Justice.  And I’m just going to leave it there.

We’re not going to comment from here, from this White House, on a criminal investigation that is currently happening.

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